By the time everything was said and done, Kevin Harvick's No. 4 Chevrolet had shouted down the competition.
Harvick laid down a blistering lap during the final round of knockout qualifying to edge out Jeff Gordon for the pole position. Harvick set the track record with a speed of 131.362 mph, securing his fifth pole of the season.
"Track position is definitely as important as it is anywhere here with the current groove and where you are running," Harvick said. "I felt good about our car during practice and just have to stay in there and do the best we can."
Gordon said he felt like he got everything out of his No 24 Chevy on the lap that put him atop the scoring pylon before Harvick came along and knocked him off. Gordon will start on the outside of the front row Saturday night.
"We are just so thrilled to get a front-row start here at Bristol," Gordon said. "That means a lot. I know it wasn't a pole, Kevin put up a great lap. I thought I had a really good lap that first run out. I came on the radio and said 'that is all I got.'"
Edwards, who won the Food City 500 in the spring, will start 3rd while Kyle Busch and Joey Logano rounded out the top five.
IRWIN Tools Night Race Lineup(By The Associated Press)At Bristol Motor SpeedwayBristol, Tenn.Lap length: .533 miles(Car number in parentheses)1. (4) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 131.362.2. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 131.29.3. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 131.209.4. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 131.057.5. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 131.03.6. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 131.03.7. (41) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 130.94.8. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 130.869.9. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 130.504.10. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 130.46.11. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 130.168.12. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 130.009.13. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 129.982.14. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 129.894.15. (55) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 129.877.16. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 129.684.17. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 129.684.18. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 129.649.19. (51) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 129.561.20. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 129.23.21. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 129.169.22. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 129.16.23. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 128.848.24. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 128.753.25. (14) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 128.477.26. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 128.262.27. (23) Alex Bowman, Toyota, 127.988.28. (95) Michael McDowell, Ford, 127.971.29. (34) David Ragan, Ford, 127.886.30. (98) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 127.512.31. (66) Brett Moffitt, Toyota, 127.47.32. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 127.453.33. (83) Ryan Truex, Toyota, 127.436.34. (26) Cole Whitt, Toyota, 127.36.35. (37) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 127.081.36. (36) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 127.056.37. (32) J.J. Yeley, Ford, Owner Points.38. (7) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, Owner Points.39. (40) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, Owner Points.40. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, Owner Points.41. (33) David Stremme, Chevrolet, Owner Points.42. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, Owner Points.43. (13) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, Owner Points.